Manawatu Standard: Quakes no reason to panic, says expert

The Standard reports comments by a Palmerston North scientist that the two earthquakes which have hit the region in the last two days are no reason for concern.

Instead, they are part of normal geologic activity, said Bob Stewart of Massey University.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“An aftershock was felt in Palmerston North at 8.05am, measured 4.3 on the Richter scale and struck in the same spot and at a similar depth.

“Massey University earth scientist Bob Stewart said it was not necessarily a sign the “big one” was coming.

“”It’s part of the normal earthquake activity. This would be just one of the many we expect along this sector.””